Our expert says:
Hmm, so many people get hung up about the exact number of hours they sleep, which actually varies considerably between us. What matters is how you feel after you wake up ( not immediately, as many of us can be rather bloody for the first few minutes ) but that morning. If you feel buggered, then the amount of sleep may be OK, but the quality sounds to have been insufficient. I really and truly don't believe you are exhausted from astral projecting all night, any more than dreaming of a marathon would tire us out ( it wouldn't ).
Kate mankes a number of good sensible comments. On the Sleep Apnoea issue, it can be spotted if others who sleep with or near you complain that you snore very loudly, especially if it's the pattern of loud snoring, followed by suddent silenge, then a splutering start up again. For this an ENY surgeon may be able to help. Check if your local medical school or private sector has a Sleep lab, where you can sleep a night attached to various monitors to check on all aspects of the quality of your sleep.
Don't exercise too late in the day, be cautious about alcohol or stimulants after evening. If you try an early start, dig out some extremely boring books, and try to finish a chapter or two, which usually sends most of us off to sleep earlier, especially if we really have to finish the chapters !
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